When I started this project, I only planned on doing the birdhouse. Yep......it sort of evolved from there! Anyways, I was thinking of my newest grand-son's nursery. My Daughter wanted a rustic, country-ish decor and since the whole family loves to fish, this project fit in perfectly.
Once the 'birdhouse' was finished, I created the dock. And if you're going to have a dock, well.....you need water under it! And so this is how my OTP evolved.
A close-up of the front of the house. It was painted with black gesso, and then dry brushed with a fan brush and grey paint, and some white gesso. Once that was dry, I added some misting with the Olive Branch and Chalk Grey.
The little clock was gessoed, and then misted with Cobalt and edged with Black Ink. My little sign, was a metal tag, gessoed and aged with Vintage Photo. I then wrote out Gone Fishin' with a black sharpie. The 'feet' are very small thread bobbins. They also received the same aging technique as the base of the house, black gesso, mahogany and a tiny bit of white gesso, all dry brushed.
The roof is made from craft sticks, which I cut into 1 inch pieces. I placed them on my craft mat, and misted with Soft Teal, Cobalt, Empress Gold, Olive Branch and Chalk Grey. Once dry I stamped here and there with a brick stamp and black ink. I also edged all pieces with the ink. When I glued my pieces on, I staggered them. The chimney is a pawn from an old chess game, and it was given the same treatment as the roof. Since it is made of plastic, it was very easy to cut the angle, in order to have it stand straight on the roof.
Here's another closeup of the roof detail.
The dock was also created with craft sticks. I cut off the rounded ends, made a frame with them, and added my 'boards' on top. I did distress the ends of the boards, and even gouged into them here and there. The dock was painted grey, then dry brushed with mahogany, and black gesso. I also added splatters of black gesso, and dark brown mist.
The little fence was created with medium weight chipboard, and Tim Holtz On The Fence Die. I added black gesso, and dry brushed with white gesso. Then I misted with the soft teal, olive branch and chalk grey.
The water under the dock, was created on an 8 inch square canvas board. I went over the whole piece with Molding Paste and a palette knife, making sure that I created ripples and ridges. I then painted with black gesso on the back third of the board, and white gesso on the front two thirds.
The front section was misted with the cobalt, summer sky and olive branch and allowed to dry naturally. The back part was misted with the dark brown and worn leather, and heat set, until bubbles formed. I kept the heat going, to really puff them up, and they stayed that way.
You can see the 'rocks' created by the deep heating right in front of and behind the two shells. I then glued on the shells, and sprayed with the same water colors and the dark brown. The next step was to glue on the netting. I used gel medium to 'place' the mini prills and then sprayed over some with the dark brown.
I added a fishing pole made with a couple of chippy clock hands, thread and a few beads and an adornment. It was distressed with black gesso and the mists used above.
Hope you enjoyed and happy playing!!
- June Kit of the Month - birdhouse, 13 Arts Black Primer, Prima Color Bloom Soft Teal, 13 Arts Mist Chalk Grey, USA Quest Mini Prills Seas the Day, Flying Unicorn Adornment
- Prima - Color Bloom in Cobalt
- Prima - Color Bloom in Empress Gold
- Prima - Color Bloom in Summer Sky
- Prima - Color Bloom in Worn Leather
- Shimmerz - Spritz in Olive Branch
- 13 Arts Paint - Mahoganny
- 13 Arts - Gel Matte Medium
- 13 Arts Mist - Chalk Dark Brown
- Martha Stewart - Chalkboard Paint in Grey
- Ranger - Archival Ink in Jet Black
- Liquitex - Gesso
- Tim Holtz - Distress Ink in Vintage Photo
- Tim Holtz - On The Fence Die
- Medium Weight Chipboard
- Prima - Wood Icon Clock
- 2 Crafty - Vintage Clock Hands
- Prima - Brick Stamp
- Golden - Molding Paste
- 8 x 8" Canvas Board
- Craft Sticks
- Chess Piece
- Thread Bobbins